072:How Voting Should Work with Democracy Works

July 28, 2017

This episode features a discussion with Kathryn Peters, the co-founder of Democracy Works and Magdalena Kura, the Product Director at Democracy Works. Their work is helping register more voters across the country and increase participation in local and national elections. 


071: Email Fundraising with the Environmental Defense Fund

July 12, 2017

We discuss advanced email nurturing with Emily Stevenson, Manager, Online CRM Fundraising at Environmental Defense Fund. The EDF team have become experts in how to turn emails into dollars. 


070: Listening to Communities to Create Better Apps

June 28, 2017

We interview Marnie Webb the CEO of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Caravan Studios’ collaborative approach uses a theory of technology intervention to allow communities to respond to the issues they care about most. caravan Studios has used this methodology to launch projects in the United States, Brazil, and Qatar. The work they do impacts survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence, youth who are in poverty, immigrant workers, and people who want greater food security. Caravan Studios has received funding from Microsoft Philanthropies, Vodafone Americas Foundation, Humanity United, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.


069: Primal Branding for Nonprofits

June 16, 2017

We interview Patrick Hanlon the author of Primal Branding and is the CEO and founder of THINKTOPIA, a global brand and strategic innovation practice for Fortune 100 clients including American Express, Levis, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PricewaterhouseCoopers and many others.  


67.5: Content Marketing for Nonprofits

May 16, 2017

A fun, informative discussion with Olivia from the Whole Whale strategy team about how nonprofits should think about content to drive impact. 


067: Myth busting nonprofit marketing with science

April 27, 2017

We interview Dr Margaret Faulkner, Senior Research Associate,  Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing science at the business school, in the  University of South Australia. Margaret’s primary areas of expertise and research are in measuring consumer-based brand equity and advertising effectiveness, with a focus on tracking brand health and the effectiveness of marketing efforts. Her research in the not-for-profit sector shows the importance of the laws of growth for all brands.

Is it always better to focus on retaining customers at the expense of new ones?


066: How a company is turning credit points into purpose

April 12, 2017

We Interview the founder of Charity Charge, Stephen Garten, about how he got started and how his company is changing the charity credit card game. 


  • Instead of earning miles or bonus points, every transaction with the Charity Charge card allows you to donate 1% cash back to ANY nonprofit of your choice. It's an easy way to give everyday
  • Unlike many giving-linked payment cards, the Charity Charge MasterCard issued by Commerce Bank is not limited to a single organization or cause — as with “affinity” cards — and there is no donation-processing fee, so recipient groups get the entire cash-back bonus. Consumers choose target charities when they sign up for the card and can change them at any time.

065: DoSomething.org on How to Do Cause Marketing

March 31, 2017

Recording from the Cause Marketing webinar presented by Samra Brouk, the Director of Business Development at DoSomething.org. 


064: The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Author interview Beth Kanter, Aliza Sherman

March 13, 2017

We interview the Authors of The Happy Healthy Nonprofit - Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman. 


The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit presents realistic strategies for leaders looking to optimize organizational achievement while avoiding the common nonprofit burnout. With a uniquely holistic approach to nonprofit leadership strategy, this book functions as a handbook to help leaders examine their existing organization, identify trouble spots, and resolve issues with attention to all aspects of operations and culture.

    • Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. Beth is an internationally recognized trainer who has developed and implemented effective sector capacity building programs that help organizations integrate social media, network building, and relationship marketing best practices. Beth is an expert in facilitating online and offline peer learning, curriculum development based on traditional adult learning theory, and other instructional approaches. She has trained thousands of nonprofits around the world.

Aliza Sherman first went online in 1987. In 1995, she started the first woman-owned Internet company, Cybergrrl, Inc., and the first global Internet networking organization for women, Webgrrls International. Newsweek named her one of the “Top People Who Matter Most on the Internet."  In 2009, Fast Company called her one of the “Most Powerful Women in Technology.” She is the author of 10 books including The Everything Blogging Book,The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crowdsourcing and Social Media Engagement for Dummies.  She consults and trains executives and teams at companies and nonprofits on leveraging digital technologies to build more meaningful connections with customers and constituents.


063: How Video Games Can Save the World - Author Asi Burak

February 27, 2017

We interview Asi Burak, author of Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the World and we investigate what is behind this bold claim.

Asi serves as the Chairman of Games for Change (G4C), an influential organization with the mission to celebrate the positive power of digital games. G4C produces the Annual Games for Change Festival in New York City, now part of the Tribeca Film Festival. He is often interviewed by international media, and has been invited to speak at conferences and institutions including TED Talks, Harvard Kennedy School, the Clinton Global Initiative, Sundance, the Skoll World Forum, CES, SXSW, and the US Army War College.